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Use hospitality one to another, without grudging. Be not forgetful to entertain strangers. * Do good to them that hate you, bless them that curse you, and pray for them that despitefully use you
, and persecute you. Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing, but contrariwise blessing.
If ye do good to them that do good to you, what thank have ye? For sinners also do even the same. And if ye lend to them of whom ye hope to receive, what thank have ye? for sinners also lend to sinners, to receive as much again. But do ye good and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest. For he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil.
$ If thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink; for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head; and the Lord shall reward thee.
• If thou meet thine enemy's ox or his ass going astray, thou shalt surely bring it back to him again.
? If thou see the ass of him that hateth thee lying under his burden, and wouldst forbear to help him, thou shalt surely help with him.
* Rejoice not when thine enemy falleth, and let not thine heart be glad when he stumbleth: neither lift thyself when evil hath found him: nor suffer thy mouth to sin by wishing a curse to his soul.
1 1 Pet. iv. 9. ? Heb. xii. 2. 3 Matt. v. 44. 1 Pet. ii. 9. 4 Luke vi. 33, 34, 35.
5 Rom. xii. 20. Prov. 25. 22. 6 Exod. xxii. 4. 7 Exod. xxiii. 5.
8 Prov. xxiv. 17.
* Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.
· Put on (as the elect of God, holy and beIn forgiving loved) bowels of mercies, kindness, meekInjuries.
ness, long-suffering; forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any; even as Christ forgave you, so also
kind one to another, tender-hearted, forgiving one another; even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.
Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath. For it is written, Vengeance is mine, I will repay, saith the Lord.
• Recompense to no man evil for evil; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves and to all men.
* Say not thou, I will recompense evil; I will do so to him as he hath done to me; I will render to the man according to his work; but wait on the Lord, and he will save thee.
? Charity is not easily provoked; Charity suffereth long, and is kind: Charity beareth all things; endureth all things.
The discretion of a man deferreth his anger; and it is his glory to pass over a transgression.
If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him: And if he trespass against thee seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turn again to thee, saying, I repent, thou shalt
I forgive him.
10 If thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and
1 Rom. xii. 21.
3 Eph. iv. 32. 4 Rom. xii. 19.
5 Rom. xii. 17. 1 Thess. v. 15. Prov. xxiv, 29. Prov. xx. 22.
71 Cor. xii. 4, 5. 7. 8 Prov. xix. 11. 9 Luke xvii. 3, 4.
10 Matt. xviii. 15, 16, 17.
tell him his fault between thee and him alone; if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother: but if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established ; and if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the Church, but if he neglect to hear the Church, let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican.
If ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
MERCY AND COMPASSION.
2 Thus speaketh the Lord of Hosts, saying, Show mercy and compassion every man to his brother.
* Be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another; love as brethren; be pitiful; be courteous. * Be ye merciful, as your Father also is merciful. . Bear
ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.
Comfort the feeble-minded, support the weak, be patient towards all men, with long-suffering, forbearing one another in love.
We that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves.
8 Pure religion is this, to visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction.
Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body.
1 Matt. vi. 14, 15. 4 Luke vi. 36.
2 Zech, vii. 9.
3 1 Pet. ii.' 8. 5 Gal. vi. 2.
1 Thess. v. 14. Eph. iv. 2.
· Deliver the spoiled out of the hand of the oppressor.
2 If thou forbear to deliver them that are drawn unto death, and those that are ready to be slain ; if thou sayest, Behold, we knew it not; doth not he that pondereth the heart consider it? And shall not he render to every man according to his works?
Thou shalt not vex a stranger; nor afflict any widow or fatherless child.
Thou shalt not curse the deaf, nor put a stumblingblock before the blind.
Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy: but he shall have judgment without mercy, that hath showed no mercy.
• The merciful man doth good unto his own soul: but he that is cruel, troubleth his own flesh; and he that is glad at calamities, shall not be unpunished.
- Woe unto them that are at ease in Sion, and are not grieved for the affliction of Joseph.
8 If there be among you a poor man of Particularly
one of thy brethren, thou shalt not harden to the Poor.
thy heart, nor shut thy hand from thy poor brother: but thou shalt open thine hand wide unto him, and shalt surely lend him sufficient for his need, in that which he wanteth. Thou shalt surely give him, and thine heart shall not be grieved when thou givest unto him; because that for this thing the Lord thy God shall bless thee in all thy works, and in all that thou putteșt thine hand unto.
1 Jer. xxii. 3.
4 Lev. xix. 14. xi, 17.
Prov. xvii. 5.
2 Prov. xxiv. 11, 12. 3 Exod. xxii. 21, 22.
6 Prov. ? Amos vi. 1. 6. 8 Deut. xv. 7, 8. 10.
1 Deal thy bread to the hungry, and bring the poor that are cast out of thy house; when thou seest the naked cover him; and hide not thyself from thine own flesh. Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thine health shall spring forth speedily.
Charge them that are rich in this world, that they do good, that they be rich in good works; ready to distribute, willing to communicate; laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to
Give alms of such things as ye have ; and behold all things are clean unto you.
Make to yourselves friends of the mammon of unrighteousness; that when ye fail, they may receive you into everlasting habitations.
5 When thou makest a feast, call the poor, the maimed, the lame, and the blind, for they cannot recompense thee: but thou shalt be recompensed at the resurrection of the just.
Thou shalt not glean thy field, nor thy vineyard; thou shalt leave them to the poor and stranger.
'Let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him; remembering the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.
8 The righteous considereth the cause of the poor, but the wicked regardeth not to know it.
* The brethren of the poor do hate him, his friends go far from him; he pursueth them with words, yet they are wanting to him: but the righteous showeth
1 Isa. lviii. 7, 8. 21 Tim. vi. 17, 18, 19.
3 Luke xi. 41. 4 Luke xvi. 9.
3 Luke xiv. 13, 14. 6 Lev. xix. 10.9, 10.
xix. 7. Psal. xxxvii. 21. 26. Job xxxi. 16, 17. 19. 15.